School Library Media Specialist

OverviewLib Media 6

Marshall University’s program has been reviewed and recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and American Association of School Librarians (AASL) as a School Librarianship Education Program.

Marshall University’s School Library Media certification program prepares school librarians to manage school library media centers, collaborate with other faculty to support the school curriculum and facilitate information literacy among students. Standards for school library media specialists determined by the American Association of School Librarians (a division of the American Library Association) are:

  1. Teaching for Learning
  2. Literacy & Reading
  3. Information & Knowledge
  4. Advocacy & Leadership
  5. Program Management & Administration

Applications of these standards are addressed throughout program courses.

As a certification endorsement program, initial teaching certification is required. The program requires the completion of 21 hours, including a 3-hour clinical experience, and passing the Library Media Specialist Praxis II Test. Certification is for K-12.

Online Degree Program

For more information on Marshall University’s Online Graduate Certificate in School Library Media Specialist or the Master of Arts in Education with School Library Media Specialist as an area of emphasis, contact Dr. Kim McFall at

Admission ProcessLib Media 2

Students must apply for admission to the Marshall University Graduate College. They can enroll in the Graduate Certificate or in the Master of Arts in Education with School Library Media Specialist as an area of emphasis. Information about applying for admissions, including the admission application, can be found on Marshall University Graduate College’s admission web site ( or by contacting the program coordinator.

Course Delivery

Classes are web-based and delivered via Blackboard on MUOnline. Courses are entirely online (no live meetings).


Plans of Study

Certificate in School Library Media Specialist

Master of Arts with in Education with an area of emphasis in School Library Media Specialist



Certificate CandidatesLib Media 4

  • Transcripts verifying Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or a Master’s degree
  • Documentation of current teacher licensure

Degree Candidates

  • Transcripts verifying Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.5
  • Documentation of current teacher licensure


Application for Admission and Information

For complete admission information and an application visit:


For More Information Please Contact:

Dr. Kimberly McFall
School Library Program Coordinator
Marshall University
College of Education and Professional Development
100 Angus E. Peyton Drive, South Charleston, WV  25303-1600
(304) 746-8975 or 1-800-642-9842 ext. 68975

Mrs. Carolyn Schwarz (Program Secretary)
Phone: (304) 746-1996 or 1-800-642-9842 ext. 61996


Frequently Asked QuestionsLib Media 3

Is this program right for me?

This program is designed for licensed teachers who wish to add an endorsement to their license and hope to become school librarians.  It also helps those teaching content-area courses to fully integrate information literacy and research skills into their classroom curriculum.

The program offers great flexibility, so those who wish to complete the program quickly can take several courses each semester.  Those with significant work and family duties may take only one course a semester.

Is this program offered online?

Yes, all courses are offered entirely online with no need for campus visits.

Does this program lead to initial teacher licensure?TeachTomorrowbadge

No, this program offers a school library media endorsement on an initial teaching license.

What are the goals and objectives of this program?

General American Association of School Librarians standards are listed above.  For more information on these standards see ALA/AASL Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians (2010)

What are the requirements for the library practice course (ITL 650)?

ITL 650 Library Practice is taken at the conclusion of the program, when students have completed at least 90% of course work, to demonstrate competency in school library media standards.  Since certification is for PreK-12, students must complete an experience at elementary, middle and secondary school levels.  These experiences are at schools which the student selects because they are convenient for them, but schools must have fully-functioning libraries.  The student identifies one school library as his or her major experience and is  required to spend at least 60 hours working in that library while the library is open to students. At the other two levels the student must spend 7 hours each in order to understand how another library, serving a different age/grade level, operates.  Students who are working as school librarians use their library as their major experience.  Please contact Dr. McFall if you have questions or concerns about the library practice experience.